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Lat 10° 18' 27N Long 123° 58' 46E Opon Airfield is located at Mactan Island two miles to the west is Cebu City on Cebu Island in Cebu Province in the Central Visayas (Region VII) of the Philippines. Also known as Mactan Airfield. Today known as Mactan-Cebu International Airport or Cebu International Airport.
Built prewar as a military and civilian airfield.
During the Japanese occupation of Cebu, Opon Airfield became the primary Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) base in the Cebu area. The Japanese referred to this airfield as Mactan Airfield. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, used by Japanese aircraft as a transit point to other locations.
Japanese units based at Opon (Mactan)
1021 Kokutai (G4M, transport) Nichols and Cebu
256 Kokutai (A6M Zero)
American missions against Opon (Mactan)
October 22, 1944–February 7, 1945
During late March 1945 liberated by the U. S. Army and repaired. Used by American aircraft until the end of the Pacific War. At detachment of Naval Air Transport Service (NATS) operating R4Ds were based at this airfield.
During the 1960s, Opon Airfield was rehabilitated by the US military for use as an emergency airfield. During the Vietnam War, several U. S. Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress made emergency landings at this location.
Still in use today as Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIAA) also known as Cebu International Airport. Today, the single runway measures 10,827' x 148' oriented 22/04 surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: RPVM, IATA: CEB.
Thanks to Tony Feredo and Sigurd Lasa for additional information
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